“Bigger Than You” Leadership

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Last week, I watched my favorite college team, Alabama, secure yet another national college football championship. It was one of the greatest football games I’ve seen: the power plays, the turnovers, the unexpected moments, and the players who pressed through difficulty on both sides of the field.

Many articles and statements have been written about Nick Saban, the Alabama coach who made the difficult decision to change quarterbacks at halftime, from Jalen Hurts to freshman Tua Tagovailoa. This could not have been an easy decision, yet Saban demonstrated yet again the ability to make the tough calls.

What stood out to me during the second half of the game was the now-sidelined quarterback, Jalen Hurts. Many in this position would be feeling a sense of embarrassment or humiliation that he wasn’t able to take the team to victory as he had so many times before. Some would have been angry at being pulled out at halftime in the most public venue possible for a college football player. Jalen, however, showed something different.

As the second half played out, we saw Jalen actively involved on the sidelines, encouraging and supporting not only his teammates, but the freshman quarterback who had taken his place! He not only backed his coach’s decision, but he was “all in” as he cheered on this freshman quarterback that few fans knew prior to the game.  He threw his influence and leadership behind Tua, and ultimately the team pulled out a victory in the final moments.

Jalen was a prime example of a true leader, who was about the mission before himself. He exhibited an understanding that many experienced and much older leaders have not yet mastered – that leadership is about investing your life in something bigger than you.

The Business Case for Leadership Development

Leadership development sounds good, but does it really make a difference? Is there any data to back up the assertion that developing leaders affects not only those leaders, but the company or organization?

Check out this article that deals with these questions.

(Spoiler: Leadership development DOES make a difference, and it DOES affect the company or organization in a positive way!)

I’d love to help you and your team be intentional about this priority in 2018. Choose to grow! You can contact me and set up a time to discuss your goals and how I can help you and/or your company or organization this year.

Will 2018 Be Your Best Year Yet? It Can Be

Do you want 2018 to be different than 2017 was? Do you want to look back 12 months from now at the growth that happened in your life?

It begins with an intentional step.

We all want our lives to matter. We want to live lives of significance. And you can. The key to choosing a life that matters is being intentional.

Join me for my next virtual mastermind group that begins in January.  We’ll meet online for 4 weeks, for 90 minutes each week (either on Sunday nights or Tuesday nights), and grow together. We’ll be reading and discussing John Maxwell’s book Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters.

This is an outstanding learning and personal development experience intended for those who are serious about investing in and taking action to grow themselves both personally and professionally. If that’s you, I’d love to have you join me.

Register for the Sunday group here.

Register for the Tuesday group here.

And let’s step into 2018 with intentionality together.

Global Leadership Summit 2017

I’m excited that Southview is hosting the Global Leadership Summit again this August!  This is a world class leadership development event that I’ve benefited from for the last 18 years; it is a “don’t miss” on my calendar. I always walk away with new ideas, fresh perspectives, and a commitment to get better as a leader. It’s because of the Summit that I’m still working in a local church (that’s a story that I’d love to share with you).

What’s your plan to get better as a leader? Are you intentionally seeking opportunities to grow? As Bill Hybels puts it often, when a leader gets better, everybody benefits. I’d love for you to come and learn with me this year at Southview – you won’t regret it. You can register here.


This year’s speaker line up is fantastic:

  • BILL HYBELS – Founder & Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

  • SHERYL SANDBERG – Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

  • MARCUS BUCKINGHAM – Best-selling Author; Founder, The Marcus Buckingham Company

  • BRYAN STEVENSON – Founder & Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

  • JULIET FUNT – CEO, Whitespace at Work

  • MARCUS LEMONIS – Star of CNBC’s, The Profit; CEO of Camping World and Good Sam

  • SAM ADEYEMI – Founder & Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria

  • LASZLO BOCK – Senior Advisor at Google; Best-selling Author

  • IMMACULÉE ILIBAGIZA – Advocate for Peace and Forgiveness; Best-selling Author

  • GARY HAUGEN – Founder & CEO, International Justice Mission

  • ANGELA DUCKWORTH – Professor, University of Pennsylvania; Best-selling Author

  • FREDRIK HÄRÉN – Author; Business Creativity Expert

  • ANDY STANLEY – Leadership Author; Communicator; Pastor

  • MICHAEL JR – Comedian


New Virtual Mastermind Groups

What’s your intentional growth plan right now – personally and professionally?

Dreams don’t come to fruition on their own. I want to live a life by design, not by default!

For nearly two decades now, I’ve been a student of leadership. For nearly a decade, I’ve led small mastermind groups, studying material from different books and sources and then discussing how the principles can apply to the business, non-profit, military, church, and personal contexts of the various group members. I’ve watched people take steps and grow beyond what they thought they could, and I’ve watched their dreams come to life.

Starting in July, I’m going to take this coaching opportunity online. One of my life goals is to add value to people. I want to see people take steps to live their life on purpose, to grow and stretch, and to achieve their goals.

I’m going to begin with four groups, each meeting on a different day of the week. These will be 5 week groups, meeting once per week for 90 minutes. We’ll use John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. It’s online, so no matter where you are, you can be a part of this!

Ive got four different virtual mastermind group opportunities you can register for and plug into:

There is synergy of energy, commitment and excitement that participants bring to a mastermind group. These groups offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills. By bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective, masterminds can help you achieve success.

This is a great opportunity to study leadership, communications, and growth principles/practices in a group setting, create an action plan and have the group hold you accountable for fulfilling your plan and goals.

Are you ready to get intentional about this? Click on one of the links above for the group that fits your schedule!

John Ortberg on Women in Leadership

This week I saw an interview with one of my long time heroes in ministry, John Ortberg. John serves as the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California; he formerly was a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, which was where I became acquainted with him. He is a tremendous writer that I recommend all the time.

What John discusses below is an issue that is not talked about enough today in the church, and it really needs to be. Listen to what John has to say – even after studying this issue for over a decade, I picked up several new ideas and thoughts here.

I was challenged by what John said, especially in my role at Southview. For nearly twelve years, I’ve been a strong proponent of every follower of Jesus serving as they are gifted and called by God, regardless of their gender. But I realize there is still much work to do, especially when it comes to investing in and developing new leaders.

You can see this video on Tony Morgan’s blog here, along with a list of highlights.  I highly recommend Tony’s blog to you – he is an outstanding thinker and writer on issues facing churches in our day and how to deal with them.

How are you developing women as leaders in your organization? Guys, are you shying away like John talks about to try to avoid one type of sin, only to commit another? What’s your intentional plan this year to invest in and develop ALL the leaders in your church or organization? 

Simplicity and Consistency

A few weeks ago, I got the privilege of sitting in a breakout session at Re:Think Leadership with one of my heroes in ministry – Dan Reiland.  Dan Reiland is Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. I’ve followed Dan’s writing for many years and have learned a lot from him from his writing and teaching.  The breakout I went to focused on Developing a Leadership Culture in your Organization.

One of Dan’s 5 essential elements to a leadership culture is that you teach leadership.  The keys to this are simplicity and consistency.

If it’s not simple, you will quit.

If it’s not consistent, you won’t get the results you want, and you will quit.

Leadership development is a “non-demand” ministry. In other words, you CAN not do it.  You can allow the have to’s to crowd out the non-have to’s; you can allow the urgent to crowd out the important.  But if you want a leadership culture in your organization, you must realize that though it’s not on fire, it is in fact a must do.

Dan had some sage and wise advice for us – get a group of people together (emerging leaders, existing leaders, staff, people in whom you see potential); pick a good leadership book to read together; and then when you meet (once a month), ask two questions:

  1. What are you learning?
  2. How do you apply what you’re learning?

So simple!  You can do this.  It takes intentionality – it’s not going to happen without that.

Don’t allow yourself to overcomplicate the process – remember simplicity.  Leadership development doesn’t have to be overly complicated – in fact, less sticks when it is.

For the last 6 years, I’ve led a short term IMPACT group for potential and emerging leaders at Southview.  We read books together, we watch videos on leadership, and then we discuss.  IMPACT has met weekly for 6-10 week sessions at least once a year, but I’m intrigued by Dan’s suggestion of once a month. It’s too easy to miss a meeting when it’s weekly – once a month can be easier to commit to and prioritize. I might try that with our next group!

However you do it, in the infamous words of Nike, Just Do It. And remember the key words – simplicity and consistency.

I’d highly recommend Dan’s book, Amplified Leadership, to you.  It’s a great book that you can take a group through – I’ll be using it for IMPACT this year at Southview.

How are you being intentional about leadership development in your organization?  Are you teaching it regularly to new, emerging, and existing leaders?